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2023 Mediation do's, don’ts, and common missteps

Total Credits: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Kansas Credit

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This program was originally presented at our 2023 MOSOLO Small Firm Conference, June 8-10, 2023

How do you prepare for a successful mediation? What are the proposed ADR rule changes? Come ask these questions and more as this esteemed panel provides the answers. 

Speakers: Tammy L. Horn, Tammy Horn LLC, Overland Park; Jack T. Bangert, Kutak Rock, LLP, Kansas City; Walter "Walley" H. Bley, Jr., Bley & Evans, LC, Columbia; Prof. Paul Ladehoff, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia; Jason Sprang, ADR Mediator, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, St. Louis

Moderator: Connie Johnson, Department of Defense,  Scott Air Force Base, IL

Opinions and positions stated by presenters of MoBarCLE programs are those of the presenters and not necessarily those of The Missouri Bar. This program is intended as information for lawyers in Missouri, in conjunction with other research they deem necessary, in the exercise of their independent judgment.



Jack Bangert's Profile

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Kutak Rock, LLP

Jack Bangert has successfully mediated hundreds of cases over the past 10 years. He has more than 40-years of experience in commercial and civil litigation. He is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.  Only 32 attorneys in Missouri are recognized as having met the stringent requirements for the NADN. Jack is one of only four NADN members in Missouri to have been conferred with “Diplomate” status.

Jack is an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. He has taught at over 20 trial academies including the Missouri Bar Trial Academy, the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, the Missouri Judicial Trial College and the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy.

Jack has been honored to be a past President of the following organizations: 

  1. American Board of Trial Attorneys for the Western District of MO and Eastern District of KS;
  2. Legal Aid of western Missouri;
  3. Law Foundation of UMKC;
  4. Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Jack has been named to the Best of the Bar in litigation by the Kansas City Business Journal and been named to US News and World Report’s “Best Lawyers” and Kansas City’s Ingram’s Magazine  “Best Lawyers in Kansas City”.  He has also been named a Top 100 Super Lawyer for Missouri and Kansas in litigation multiple times.

His acknowledgments have included among others, the Inaugural Legal Leader of the Year Award by the Daily Record, the Ben Ely, Jr. Outstanding Defense Lawyer for Missouri and the Alumni Achievement Award in Law from Westminster College. 

He can reached to schedule mediations at, or (816) 502-4845.  He does mediations throughout the state.


Walter Bley's Profile

Walter Bley Related Seminars and Products

Bley & Evans LC

Practicing law since 1980, Wally represents people injured by the fault of another and provides mediation services, acting as mediator in over 500 cases in the last 5 years. Fellow, ACTL. Fellow, Int'l Society of Barristers. Member, MATA

Heather Hardinger's Profile

Heather Hardinger Related Seminars and Products

The Meyers Law Firm

Heather Hardinger is Of Counsel with The Meyers Law Firm, LC, in Kansas City, Missouri. Heather focuses her practice on Plaintiff’s employment discrimination. Heather is a 2018 graduate of the Missouri Bar’s Leadership Academy. Since 2016, Heather has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® Missouri & Kansas. Heather can be reached at and (816) 444-8500.

Tammy Horn's Profile

Tammy Horn Related Seminars and Products

Tammy Horn LLC

After graduating from Mizzou with a BS in Industrial Engineering, Tammy attended UMKC Law School, graduating third in her class. She practiced law first at Stinson, Mag & Fizzell, focusing on defending employment litigation, and later at Brous Horn LLC, concentrating on representing employee-plaintiffs. In 2016 she formed Tammy Horn LLC to provide her services as a mediator.

Paul Ladehoff's Profile

Paul Ladehoff Related Seminars and Products

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

Paul Ladehoff directs the LL.M. program at the University of Missouri School of Law and the Campus Mediation Service. Paul teaches Negotiation and Mediation. Paul was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division and directed several community-based mediation centers before coming to MU.

Jason Sprang Related Seminars and Products

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Jason Sprang is a Federal Mediator with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. With nearly 25 years’ experience at the EEOC, Jason has worked in many areas of EEOC’s administrative process, beginning his tenure as an Enforcement Investigator, Intake Officer, and in 2008 moving to his current role as ADR Mediator also assisting with EEOC Outreach and Education. Jason has mediated thousands of EEOC claims including all manner of employment-related disputes that arise in connection with discrimination charges. The majority of Jason’s mediation docket involves early resolution of claims made in the St. Louis District encompassing Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and southern Illinois.


Fri, Aug 16, 2024 - 12:00pm to 12:49pm CDT

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